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    DEAN: Ace 29er vs. Duke 29er?

    I currently ride a FS 26" for endurance racing. I like the FS (3.5" travel). I'm looking at getting the Duke 29er (Ti, softail - 1 1/8" travel, 29" wheels), but now I'm wondering if I should consider the Ace 29er (which has 3" travel).

    Is anyone else trying to make a similar choice? What advice can you offer me? Will I notice the loss of as much travel even with the 29" wheels and the Ti frame? I don't jump off stuff, but I do a lot of long rides..and 12/24 hour solo races, etc.

    Thanks in advance
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    Geesh, that is a hard choice. I have had a steel 26er softtail and that was pretty sweet, but it was nothing like any full suspension bike I had, even a short travel bike like the Ace. I didn't ever really feel the 1.25 inches I had with mine. But the ride instead just felt less harsh. I really liked it. It was simple, pivotless, dependable. On a 29er it would be golden I would think. That said, the Ace is still pretty light, and if you like the feel of full suspension over a hard tail you might like it better. Personally, I would do the Duke 29er. I have a Colonel Xlite 29er and think it is the sweetest thing I have ever owned. THe Softtail would ride a bit softer without much weight penalty. I have had various full-suspension bikes and I am currently in a non-fullsuspension setup and love it. I have been on this kick for a couple of years, so just realize I am biased against full suspension in general lately, and that I am aiming for simplicity.
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